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Uptown links: Cardi B visits her abuelos in Washington Heights, and more

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

Cardi B shot by Mickalene Thomas for W Magazine

• Cardi B's just like us: She loves being coddled by her grandparents. For a profile in the current issue of W Magazine, the rapper chose to meet at her abuelos' modest walk-up in Washington Heights. She relaxed barefoot on their brown suede sofa, ate a salad that her abuelito cleared when she was done, nursed her new daughter, Kulture–and took full advantage of the free babysitting. "See, that's why I like to be here...Because it's everybody around her." (Not like us: wearing Valentino and being photographed by artist Mickalene Thomas.) [W Magazine]

• Get the jerk chicken, advises a critic who stopped by the new Caribbean-southern joint, Greedy Pot, on Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard. [Gothamist]

• Virginia Johnson, the artistic director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, welcomed the news that Freed of London was selling point shoes in two new colors, brown and bronze: “This isn’t about shoes, this is about who belongs in ballet and who doesn’t,” she told the Times. “It’s a signal that the world is open to you.” [NY Times]

• Here's Harlem Chocolate Factory founder Jessica Spaulding on the idea of connecting chocolate to the stories and culture of her neighborhood: "I can only represent the one thing I have known all my life: Harlem." [amNewYork]

The Post says there's #BlackGirlMagic at the "Posing Modernity" art show. [NY Post]

• A recent Fordham alumni group took a walk through gentrifying Harlem, but still found many important cultural sites, including the Malcolm Shabazz Mosque, Graham Court Apartments, and Minton's Playhouse. [The Observer]

• Some of the oversize crocheted flowers that East Harlem fiber artist Naomi Lawrence (aka Naomi RAG) hung around the neighborhood are now on display at an art show at The Yard in Brooklyn. [The Yard]

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